Lake Levels likely to be same this Summer

A recent government report finds that the Lake Hartwell sub basin rose to record levels in January thanks to the second highest amount of rainfall of any January since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started tracking it in 1948, a whooping 8.65 inches.  Creeks and streams continue to send inflows into the reservoir, which is welcomed news for Lake […]

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Sheep Farm Road set to open soon

The days are numbered for the bright orange cones and yellow flashing lights along Sheep Farm in Seneca.   DOT resident construction engineer Ryan Miller is reluctant to pick an exact day due to recent rain showers in the area, but said he thinks the opening would be the middle or latter part of next week. Seeding of the highway shoulders […]

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More charges filed against Bomb Threat Suspect

Authorities brought new charges against a Seneca woman accused of making a series of bomb threats.  A total of 30 charges now face 38-year-old Melissa Ann Griggs.  The new charges stem from incidents reported inside the City of Seneca that the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office was asked to sign the warrants.  Griggs has applied for legal representation through the Oconee […]

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Sirens repaired at Oconee Nuclear Station

Sirens have been repaired at Oconee Nuclear Station near Seneca after a 24-hour outage. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says officials discovered during a regular weekly test Tuesday that all 65 sirens at the station weren’t working. Duke Energy spokeswoman Sandra Magee says a problem with the station’s computer system caused the outage. The sirens warn residents within a 10-mile […]

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911 Service restored in OC

Oconee County 911 systems are back after a Thursday morning outage. The outage was triggered by a problem with AT&T phone lines that ran to the Oconee County system.  Officials report that parts of the county, including the 911 center, had no landline service Thursday morning. Cell phone calls were not affected. The system was down from around 6am until […]

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Seneca Lions reading to Schoolchildren

On Monday, the nation paused to honor our presidents, the men who have served in this country’s highest office.  Locally, the Seneca Lions Club is doing its part to educate area schoolchildren about these great men and their accomplishments.  Seneca Lions Club second vice president and publicity chair Jim Atkinson gives details.  “We are reading at area schools all week […]

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Support Local Agriculture; buy a Bumper Sticker

Help support Oconee County’s number one industry by buying a bumper sticker.  The Oconee Soil and Water Conservation District, organized in 1938, has been involved in the protection and wise use of the county’s natural resources for over 70 years.  They are now selling bumper stickers to raise awareness and support of their cause, explains Oconee Soil and Water Conservation […]

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911 service affected by AT&T Outage in OC

An AT&T outage is affecting the 911 service and some residential phone service in Oconee County. All land lines to homes, businesses, government offices and emergency agencies have been inoperable since before 7am this morning, according to Oconee County Emergency Services director Scott Krein. Those needing 911 service can call the alternate number (864) 638-4111 for assistance.  Officials do not […]

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Fire destroys Pickens Barn Home

A fire destroyed a two-story barn home in Pickens County this morning. Firefighters continue to monitor hot spots of the home located off Walhalla Highway, which is just west of Pickens near Riggins Road.  Firefighters believe a wood stove used to heat the family home last night ignited the blaze.  The barn style home was fully involved when firefighters arrived […]

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